Sci Fi Watcher 173: The First S01E02: What’s Needed

The duo return this week to look at the second episode of Hulu’s original “The First” and see if it worth continuing with the series.

The First: What’s Needed

Season: 1
Episode: 2
Overall Episode: 2

Air Date: September 14, 2018 (all episodes released at once on Hulu)
Cast: Sean Penn as Tom Hagerty; Natascha McElhone as Laz Ingram; LisaGay Hamilton as Kayla Price; Hannah Ware as Sadie Hewitt; Keiko Agena as Aiko Hakari; Rey Lucas as Matteo Vega
James Ransone as Nick Fletcher, one of five astronauts chosen to be the first people to colonize Mars”
Writer: Beau Willimon
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Synopsis: Laz Ingram testifies in front of Congress in favor of continuing the manned space mission to Mars, while simultaneously settling a legal battle with the families of the Providence 1 crew. Denise has begun working as a waitress, and wishes to use her late mother’s tattoo studio, which Tom has locked up and is resistant to allow her in. He begins preparing the studio when he receives a call from Ingram to travel to Washington, DC to testify in support of another attempt at manned exploration to Mars. Tom refuses to speak in favor of another mission in front of Congress, but meets privately with the parents of the late Providence 1 commander, and explains the need to continue exploring space. Over the next few days, Tom and Ingram gradually gain support for another mission. On the flight home, Ingram offers Tom the chance to command the next mission, and he asks Denise if he should go.

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